Three Palestinians dead as Israel bombs Gaza Strip
Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians on Friday during a fierce gunbattle in a West Bank cemetery, Palestinian security officials said. The troops surrounded the cemetery in the city of Nablus, trapping four Palestinian fighters inside. Two of them were captured, two died.
Elsewhere, Israeli warplanes struck more than a dozen times in Gaza early Friday, hitting the Palestinian Interior Ministry and a Fatah office in Gaza city, as well as a Hamas training camp in the city's outskirts.
Three Palestinians were wounded in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources said Friday afternoon. According to witnesses, an Israeli missile was fired and landed adjacent to a vehicle in the northern Strip.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian activist wounded in an air strike died of his wounds early Friday, the first fatality in the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, hospital officials said. The local leader of Islamic Jihad, Mohammed Abdel Al, 25, had been seriously wounded in an air strike in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.
On Thursday night, Israeli artillery shells hit the electricity distribution network in the northern Gaza Strip, plunging parts of the area into darkness.
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